We’ve had a great start this week to our new training phase with solid sessions and big numbers at training. Next week our October Programs will be posted which will lead into some big races ahead including the Melbourne Marathon, Ironman World Championships, Yarrawonga Multi-Sports Festival and Noosa Multi-Sports Festival. Big month ahead!!
From next week, Coaches Ollie and Sarah will be away for 3 weeks in Hawaii. Sarah preparing to race, and Ollie helping four Tri Alliance athletes Nathan Sims, Brett Archbold, Sarah, TA QLD athlete Chris Bailey prepare for their big day on Saturday 12 October. We also look forward to catching up with our Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Kemble Edelston who is also racing on the big Island again.
Coach Ollie will be contactable via email during this time, however Coach Sarah will be uncontactable. So for any training or racing enquiries over the next 3 weeks, we ask for you to contact Coach Emma either via email or call the office on 9645 2223.

Racing: Brett Archbold, Sarah Grove, Nathan Sims, Chris Bailey (QLD) (and Tri Alliance Strength & Conditioning Coach, Kemble Edelston)
Nathan & Narelle head off this Sunday and Brett, Margs, Ollie and Sarah follow shortly behind on Tuesday. The guys will have just on 2 weeks to help acclimatise and familiarise themselves with the course and start preparing themselves mentally for their race. Stay tuned for updates and an exclusive interview with our athletes while in Hawaii. You will receive a great insight into what it takes to qualify and how their preparation has been leading into this big race. Every one at Tri Alliance wishes them all a great final lead in and race. We know you are all looking forward to cheering from your computers and the support is appreciated. 🙂

We have a number of athletes ask regarding taper for the Melbourne Half/Full Marathon. We will put out a suggested plan next week which will take into consideration if this event is an A race, a train through, or you would like a small taper around your other triathlon training. So keep an eye out for this. Once posted, if you have any queries let us know.

We have a number of athletes now who are now about to start their gradual but consistent build to Ironman Melbourne.  If you are training for IM Melbourne and ARE NOT completing a Half IM race before Christmas (ie not doing Shep/Busso) please email Emma so she can ensure you are on the right program starting from October. Those who are racing IM Melbourne but ARE doing a Half before Christmas will continue their build and then switch over post their Half IM race.
Also ensure you have joined our Ironman Melbourne Facebook Group where further communication and discussion around the race takes place.

A couple of years ago we held a fantastic camp in Falls Creek over the New Year Period and we are again looking at holding a Camp either the first OR second week of January.
This camp would be specific for those racing Challenge Melbourne / Geelong and/or IM Melbourne/NZ. *Please note not suitable for short course due to the Olympic Distance Race on 12 Jan. 
Falls Creek is one of the most scenic training grounds in Victoria and the added benefit of hills (ie mountains) and Altitude. This week will be a perfect lead-in to Long Course races in
CLICK HERE if you would like to express interest in training in Falls Creek!

Just as the weather starts to warm up, we are pleased to announce our Summer Triathlon Training Timetable! Tri Alliances’ home base during summer is the Elwood Lifesaving Club at Elwood Beach, and this year will see the largest number of training sessions on offer each week in both Bayside/CBD and North/West.

Changes starting next month include:

  • Thursday Night Bike, Run & Open water Combo at Elwood Beach
  • Friday AM swims at MSAC from 5.45am start
  • Saturday Summer Short Course Sessions at Elwood Beach 7.30am start
  • Sunday Short Course Rides
  • NEW Swim venue in St Kilda on Monday & Wednesday Nights (starts Nov – stay tuned!)
    Click here for our updated October Timetable. Further details regarding specific details at sessions will be communicated in the weekly transition.

CLICK HERE to continue reading about our Summer Timetable Launch!

Elwood Training


In 2012 Tri Alliance launched our Ambassador Program – a chance for a male and female athlete to become a Tri Alliance Ambassador for the Triathlon Season and share their experience, support and encouragement with fellow team mates.
To be an ambassador for Tri Alliance, you don’t have to be the best athlete with the best results, you just have to be dedicated, consistent and openly support the TA Way. Tri Alliance Ambassadors will display characteristics such as a positive and motivational attitude, consistently train and attend Tri Alliance Coached sessions, encourage and support fellow athletes, and have a genuine and strong passion for Tri Alliance and the sport of Triathlon.
In return, Tri Alliance and our Partners Mizuno Running, Rocket Science Sports and Fusion Health will support YOU and your training through apparel and product support valued at over $800!

Interested? CLICK HERE to read more and to apply!
Applications close: 5.00pm Friday 4 October
Ambassadors announced: 7.30pm Thursday 10 October

Our friends at Giant Hampton are launching their opening newsletter next week. To receive exclusive specials and offers,  click here to jump on their mailing list.



Hawaii Ironman World ChampsSaturday 12 October
Racing: Brett Archbold, Sarah Grove, Nathan Sims, Chris Bailey (QLD) (and Tri Alliance Strength & Conditioning Coach, Kemble Edelston)

Yarrawonga Multi-Sports Festival: Sunday 20 October 
This race is set as the Victorian Olympic Distance Championships and doubles as a world qualifier race for those wanting to qualify for Edmonton, Canda next year. The weekend also holds a Sprint Distance Race and the National Aquathon Championships, so there is something for everyone! Last year we had a small crew head up to the event, but this year is going to be big! The perfect lead in race for Noosa and Shepparton and those looking for an early season hit out to blow the cobwebs out. We already have around 15 athletes heading up, so make sure you enter and get yourself locked in for a great weekend in country Victoria! Click here for more on the race and to enter

Noosa Multi-Sports Festival: Sunday 3 October
One of the biggest events on the triathlon calendar in Australia – the Noosa Multi-sports Festival will this year again seen a HUGE contingent of Tri Alliance athletes head to the Sunny Coast to embark on the largest Olympic Distance Race in Australia. Last year we had over 200 Tri Alliance athletes race from both TA Vic and TA QLD and this year will be just as big – if not bigger! Stay tunes for details on functions and events we will be organising leading into the event and post event.

 **Noosa Triathlon Accommodation Available!!
– Location: Noosa Retreat in Noosaville
– week stay: Wednesday 30th – Wednesday 6th
– sharing with Xavier Flynn
– $400 for the week
– Selling as not racing due to injury
Contact Shane Buntman: [email protected]


We are excited to announce the launch of our new Running Squad and introduce to you the newest member of our running team Rupert Van Dongen.

There is a continual growing interest in running events in Melbourne over the past years and a lack of formal coaching options for age group runners. As such, Tri Alliance will now be providing up to 5 run sessions per week! This is a fantastic addition to the current timetable providing not only another aspect to Tri Alliance but for our existing members more options and flexibility.

  • Monday 6.30PM – The Tan – Technique (NEW!)
  • Tuesday 6.00AM – Albert Park Lake – Intervals / Fartlek
  • Wednesday 6.00AM – The Tan – Beginner/intermediate Intervals (NEW!)
  • Thursday 6.15PM – The Tan – Interval / Fartlek
  • Sunday 8.00AM – Various – Endurance

Click here for more information. And feel free to share with anyone you know who would be interested!


Tri Alliance will again be heavily involved in this years Melbourne Marathon including training programs and sessions, but also we are in search for those not races to be a part!

All volunteers will receive lunch, a Show Bag, Cap and Tee not to mention good Karma for their efforts!

  • Lead & Tail Bikes 2 more Required – Must be available on event day and one other suitable time to complete a course recon, own MTB bike required however if you don’t have a bike please contact the office as we may be able to help.
  • Volunteers  to set up, serve and clean up the Lakeside drive drink station 5.45am-9.30am.
  • Volunteers 5 more Required to set up, serve and clean up the Fitzroy street drink station 7.00am-11.30am.
    Complete the following link if you want to be involved!


Emmas TimeTrial BikeAs new 2012 Giant Trinity Composite – ONLY $1,699 ! !

  • Immaculate Condition having raced only twice in the 2012 season.
  • This TT bike has been loved by its owner for its stiff and aerodynamic build. It handles particularly well on corners and feels stable descending.
  • Comes with full standard/factory features including Shimano Ultegra and Shimano R501 wheelset,
  • Size SMALL – suitable for a female around 160-170cm
  • Selling for $1,699! (retailed at $2,999.00 just last year)

This is a great Entry Level Time Trial Bike and at this price you cannot go wrong! Contact [email protected] or phone 0407888680 for more details.



A reminder that all riders on TA Group rides are expected to wear Tri Alliance Cycling Kit, and all riders must abide by all road road, be cuteous to others and ensure the safety of themselves and those riders around them. You must also be self sufficient with nutrition, hydration, changing a tyre, and must care spares, phone, money/credit card and ID.

Weather contingency: The weather is currently forecasting thunderstorms on Saturday Morning, so please stay tuned to Tri Alliance Victoria Facebook Page for any updates/changes to our ride plans. Any changes will be communicated via this page.

    *Please check the LIV/Giant Facebook page Saturday Morning for any ride changes/cancellations.
    Location: Beach Road
    Type: Flat ride for female beginner riders
    Distance: 40km. If wanting to progress, start or finish with a ride to Port Melbourne and back (50km)
    Meet: Cafe Racer
    Departure: 7.30am
    Post Ride Coffee: The Great Provider
    Coach: LIV/Giant Team :)
    Location: Beach Road
    Type: Flat to undulating, endurance/strength ride
    Meet: North Road Cafe, North Road Brighton. Plenty of off street parking.
    Time: 6.45am start.
    Rides/Distances: 70/80/90km
    Post Ride Coffee: North Road Cafe
    *Please note athletes will be split into smaller groups of around 10 so ensure you pair up with riders of similar ability. 
    Location: Beach Road
    Type: Flat to undulating, endurance/strength ride
    Meet: North Road Cafe, North Road Brighton. Plenty of off street parking.
    Time: 6.30am start.
    Rides/Distances: 100+km’s (follow program distances, ride will head towards Mornington/Safety beach)
    Post Ride Coffee: North Road Cafe
    *Please note athletes will be split into smaller groups of around 10 so ensure you pair up with riders of similar ability. 
    Location: Beach Road
    Type: Flat to undulating, endurance ride
    Meet: Cafe Racer.
    Time: 6.15am coffee, 6.30am roll out


  • MSAC – 7.50am briefing for 8.00am start, Coach Emma.
  • FAIRFILED Boathouse – 7.50am briefing for 8.00am start, Coach Greg

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